2013 Henri Bourgeois "Jadis" Sancerre

SKU #1230348 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This superb unfiltered wine comes from some of the steepest slopes around the village of Chavignol. It is impressively dense and concentrated with layers of tight fruitiness, a strongly mineral texture and bone-dry acidity. It is a wine for aging several years. Drink from 2018  (2/2016)

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The estate of Henri Bourgeois is passionate and deft with Sauvignon Blanc, and they cultivate 120 small parcels of some of the finest terroir in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Jadis is sourced from the kimmeridgian marl soils of Sancerre and features an exuberant profile of concentrated aromatic appeal. A nose of exotic fruit and honey reverberates on the palate with minerality driving the long finish.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2016 | Send Email
I was recently at the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration hosted in Marlborough, New Zealand...during the three days there I tasted hundreds (literally) of bottles of Sauv Blanc from all over the world. This bottle from Dom. Henri Bourgeois was one of the highlights of the entire event. I consider it an international benchmark for the varietal and a near perfect reflection of place - Sancerre. A world-class bottle of white wine.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2016 | Send Email
I love how this wine plays the part of not only a structured powerhouse but also tempting seductress. The aromatic plays the part of the seductress as it lures you in with pristine aromas of perfectly ripe citrus, green melon and a minerality that makes you stop, think and then sucks you back in for another whiff. There is a concentrated and wound up structure which runs up and down and all around the palate. There is a very clear and ever present focus and drive to this wine from front and all the way through the back. As it is open it really starts to flesh out on the middle and shows you yet another dimension of its flirty character. Even though from different regions and even different grapes this wine really reminds me of Grand Cru Champagne. Probably because of its clean feminine aromatic which is matched by its concentrated, racy mineral palate character. Bottom line, this wine is a killer!

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
The 2013 Jadis is taut, focused, driven, passionate Sancerre. Not that it conjures any particular moods or sentiment, but more in the sense of the over all intensity on display here. Tooth-sucking acidity pulls in a depth of extract on the mid-palate that renders this both rich and weightless. Citrus, lemongrass, tomato skin, smoky rocks, and some minor league kitty-piddle tease out reluctantly on the wound-up aromatics, before the wine does its textural shape-shifting thing on the palate. While I’d expect this to have relaxed a tad a few years on, for all its coiled energy, it still stays this side of austere, and already drops hints of the pleasures to come. ​

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Opening up with a bright and pretty aromatic nose of lemon blossom, this wine has an elegant concentration revealing precise layers of acidity and a surprising richness. The distinct and forward notes of minerality displayed set this region's fruit apart from any other, with flavors that are absolutely refreshing, crisp and persistent. Killer splurge bottle for your next seafood dinner!

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
The 'Jadis' is bright and lifted in its youth with aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest. The palate is alive with everything from lemon to peach pith and even a little tropical fruit. With flinty minerality, bright acidity and quite a bit of body, this wine will reward those who wait. Drink one now, put another in the cellar for 5-7 years to see its true depth and complexity.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
While still a bit young at the moment, the "Jadis" Sancerre by Henri Bourgeois is quickly blossoming into a classic representation of this prestigious region. Flint and saltwater minerals greet the nose, followed by lemon and lime zest flavors on the palate, all braced by the jazzy acidity that will keep this afloat for years to come. A great choice with mussels, or if you're feeling patient, lay it down for a couple more years until it's ready to pair with richer fare like crab or a nice chevre.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2016 | Send Email
A study in balanced Sauvignon Blanc, yet full of surprises! I love this wine. It's full of the extremely crisp and precise lemon and lime with bright high toned acidity that I expect form Sancerre. Shockingly, it also delivers a beautiful tropical set of flavors ranging from guava to pineapple that I never expected but doesn't leave it feeling flat. This has all the components necessary to age beautifully: a hallmark of great Loire Sauvignon Blanc.

Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2016 | Send Email
Produced from 50 year- old vines grown in Kimmeridgian soil, Henri Bourgeois' "Jadis" is incredibly polished, delicately complex, and full of life - it reveals itself slowly as it opens up in your glass. Fresh and clean aromatics including lemongrass, pomelo, and manuka honey lead into deep mineral notes on the palate and a vibrant, focused acidity. This is a serious bottle of wine that will get even better with a little time - I can't wait.

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Sauvignon Blanc

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Alcohol Content (%): 13